Classic Whiskey Sour

Image of a classic whiskey sourThe key to an excellent Whiskey Sour is using fresh ingredients and getting the flavor balance just right. Our Classic Whiskey Sour recipe includes all the elements: bright, fresh lemon juice; warming, floral bourbon; and sweet simple syrup.

If you are looking for a refreshing cocktail that’s neither cloying nor biting, using freshly-squeezed juice is key. The mixes don’t even compare. If you want to play with the flavors, swap the fresh lemon juice for lime—or a mixture of both.

This drink is simple to prepare and pretty portable—just in case you are planning a tailgate any time soon!

Serve the Whiskey Sour on the rocks with an orange wheel and a Maraschino cherry arranged neatly on a drink spear or fancy toothpick.

Classic Whiskey Sour Recipe
Yields one cocktail

Ingredients
2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Ice

For garnish
1/2 orange wedge (optional)
Maraschino cherry (optional)

Directions
Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and cover it. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is very cold (about 20 seconds).

Strain the cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into an old-fashioned or rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish the drink with an

How to make 1:1 Simple syrup
Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Directions
Add equal parts sugar and hot boiled water to a jar with a tightly-fitting lid like a canning jar. Seal the jar and using a pot holder, shake until the sugar is dissolved.

Allow the simple syrup to cool before using it. The simple syrup can be stored for several weeks in the fridge.

orange wedge and cherry.

 

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